46 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-17-20

  1. Good morning! We voted this a.m. We arrived at 6:50 and were out by 7:15. It was 36° which is cold by Georgia standards. Art had forgotten to bring his mask. Drama! Thankfully I had an extra in the car I usually drive which we were in. He is really challenged by his glasses fogging with a mask on. I had a bit of a problem with that, too. But we got the job done on those Dominion machines.😳👓 We shall see. Wrote in Miss Bosley for United States Senator✍ She trades stocks for food in her bowl. Being an indoor cat, she loves insider trading!❤

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  2. Good morning,

    Roscuro, I am sorry for those losses, as well.

    Such happy anticipation for those twin grandbabies and for Jo to be able to return to her missionary work.

    We are making a grocery run today. Who knew that would mean planning ahead of time and picking the time carefully? How often were we thankful for spur of the moment shopping to wherever we desired to go? What blessings are we blissfully unaware of today? Too many I suspect.

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  3. Good morning. Another day of living for God. May we do it well.

    Remember the door mat conversation? We talked of service and how much we should or should not be doormats. Husband and I are of the door mat ilk. We are here to serve in the way He designed us for the purposes He designed us. The other day, Husband was tired and saying “How long do we need to be door mats?” I was reading in the end of Mark this morning. Something about Jesus being whipped and spat upon and mocked and scourged before being crucified. That speaks to me (and it did in a still small voice) “this is what being a door mat looks like”. And then He rose again to glory.

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  4. Morning! Did AJ get all that expected snow?
    Mumsee I was again awakened lifting daughter, you and Mike before the Lord in prayer. The things the Lord brought to mind in prayer was sweet. Your hearts of service as unto Him and knowing it is His call on your lives. I remember thinking I could never do what you do and His whispering to me that if it was His call upon my life He would give to me the strength. And then I read your post……

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  5. I hear a constant shivering of the dried leaves hanging on the beach tree as the cold breeze blows outside. It feels like winter and looks like I th could snow, but it’s not cold enough.

    Did anyone hear about that someone in Australia had a koala bear that got in their house and climbed up in their Christmas tree?

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  6. Mumsee, not the same concept, but one of the verses of Scripture that I memorized decades ago without every actually trying to, and that comes to mind periodically, is this one: “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” That is more or less your role, isn’t it? Standing outside the door where the church is gathering and inviting others to leave the tents of wickedness and gather with the people of God. (I don’t know the exact role of a “doorkeeper” in that verse . . . Oh, it looks like it’s Psalm 84:10. And other uses of the word “doorkeeper” have them collecting the treasure people took to the temple and also guarding.)

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  7. NancyJill, thanks so much for your prayers and encouraging words. It is so good to know people are praying for us and care about these hurting people.

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  8. We had a tree frog in our Christmas tree one year–the boy scouts in the family had cut it down in a national forest.

    It chirped all December, with the cat circling below and gazing up.

    We worried about it–would it last? What was it eating?

    It was still chirping when we hauled it outside with relief after Christmas!

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  9. Hey, here’s an interesting article addressing the fears that children can’t possibly be well educated if they aren’t attending school. (It doesn’t actually get into half of my own answer: that children in schools today are generally learning very little basic knowledge. Learning to read is pretty straightforward, and being kept out of school for a while right now actually means that much less discussion of gender identity, evolution, global warming, white folks are all bad, free condoms for all, etc. No, that isn’t most of what school teaches. But the basic education that a child needs doesn’t need seven hours a day plus three hours of homework.)

    https://fee.org/articles/the-myth-that-americans-were-poorly-educated-before-mass-government-schooling/

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  10. Cheryl, indeed. Our teacher friend is very grateful that during COVID, outside groups can’t come in and preach their gender identity doctrine and other such things.

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  11. Good morning! We have a steer and a heifer loaded and ready to go to the sale. He plans to bring home a pig, as we are out of sausage.

    Phos, i am sorry for your loss.

    I have been on the go ever since i finished my classes last week. We slaughtered a beef, which is hanging in the cooler. I worked 4 shifts. Ee almost finished our Christmas shopping
    We made a quick trip to youngest daughters and delivered their Christmas gifts. Muguel helped wrap gifts. We got 2 cords of wood as a gift which we unloaded and stacked. Yesterday was cookie making day..about 10 dozen. We have another batch in the fridge, ready to go. I will work up the barbacoa i cooked last night and start a 3 night run of work. Saturday morning we go to middle daughters for her Christmas celebration before the littles go to Dad’s.

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  12. okay, don’t spread this info around as I do not know if it is public. I will just quietly share this here. This morning I read that the flights from Kuala Lumpur are ending. Which means that the flight I am going on is the last one. This is a relatively easy way to enter PNG. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

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  13. I believe the answer (to 3:29) is yes as it’s not clear there is any long-term (or even short-term) immunity just from getting the virus. I’ve read about people getting it twice, perhaps rare.

    All of this falls under “we still don’t know that much” about this bug.

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  14. CDC: Currently, it is unknown if recovered persons are definitively immune to SARS-CoV-2 re-infection because biologic markers of immunity have not been correlated with protection from infection in humans.

    Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 may provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. But even if it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies may provide or how long this protection may last. — CDC, Oct 29, 2020

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  15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more research is needed to fully understand how long a COVID-19 survivor is protected from getting the disease again.
    Despite the unknowns, survivors may be advised to get vaccinated anyway because of the “severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible,” although rare, the CDC says.Dec 9, 2020

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  16. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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  17. In my reading the last few months, I have ended up (not really by design) reading lots and lots about the Holocaust. I reread The Hiding Place and In My Father’s House (both by Corrie Ten Boom, and both of them books I’ve read before). Then at MIchelle’s recommendation, I ordered Code Name Verity and went ahead and ordered Rose Under Fire, too. Recently I saw Book Thief on sale. Having heard how good it is, and having failed in any attempts to get it from the library, I went ahead and bought it. Incidentally, (1) the last three books here are all fiction treatments of the Holocaust and (2) I didn’t know they were based around the Holocaust when I ordered them. I’ve also read The Librarian of Auschwitz and The Children’s Block, which are, respectively, written as a nonfiction and a fiction account of the same place and roughly the same events, and written by a wife and a husband who spent time in Auschwitz when both were young.

    It’s not impossible I’m forgetting a title or two, but those are the ones I remember, and I’ve read them all in the last half of this year, possibly all since October. (I don’t remember for sure when I read TenBoom’s books.) All are good books–well, I’d pass on “The Children’s Block”–but seven of them back to back is a lot.

    The Book Thief is quite a different book, but it all works together very well for the most part. I stayed up till nearly 2:00 this morning to read the last few chapters.

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  18. I cannot, in my wildest imaginings, imagine staying up to read a chapter. In fact, I do not remember the last time I read a chapter at one sitting. I take that back because I just did. We have been reading the Christmas Chronicles at second son’s recommendation and, though we started yesterday, we are now on chapter five.

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  19. Mumsee, I probably read 60 more pages (several chapters) after I would otherwise have gone to bed, but I have been known to read another 150 or 200 pages.

    Michelle, I think it’s a book that treats all of its characters with respect. And normally one doesn’t like “spoilers” while reading a book, but I really think the intentional foreshadowing kept it from being grim and unbearably sad. There is more sadness than I expected, and it isn’t a Christian book. But its characters are made in the image of God (obviously not really–they’re fictional–but weighty and three-dimensional), and their lives have value.

    Many years ago I edited a biography about D. L. Moody. It was a big book and I’d put a lot of time into it. And as I approached my first reading of the final chapter, I knew it would record his death. And he died in 1899, so even if the chapter hadn’t included his death, clearly he would have been dead by the time I read it anyway. But I still cried.

    And I understood, as I cried, that one of the values of reading biographies is that they include death, and in so doing they put it in perspective (if they are written well, anyway). By 1999 or so, a death in 1899 isn’t really a “tragedy” no matter how the person died. Well, the death might be murder or war or other great suffering. It might have been a child. But however the person died, the death is “old news.” He would have died of something else by now, and so would his children and probably his grandchildren. So reading about it allows us to put a bit of a distance, a bit of an understanding that death does come to all. Anyone who reads about my life fifty or one hundred years from now (no, I know–they won’t) WILL be reading about my death.

    But crying about a death that took place a hundred years ago–or the death of a fictional character–puts death in perspective a different way, too. Each death matters–because each life matters.

    In 2019 (I didn’t realize it until my birthday 2020) I reached two-thirds of the age at which my mom died. I’m in better physical and emotional health than my mom, and statistically speaking I’m likely to outlive her. But I’ve known too many seemingly healthy people to die young to take that for granted. And even if I’m not in the last third of my life, I’m certainly in the last half. I can’t take “time” for granted the same way I might have done 20 years ago.

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  20. Being from Los Angeles, I saw the movie (the Book Thief). I will have to also read the book now.

    I really want a tree frog.

    So does the cat, but that would lead to a toppling of the tree … and I don’t even have a tree yet.

    Is Christmas really next week?

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  21. We got about a foot of snow here in Connecticut. Knowing that she had to get in to work this morning, Nightingale had gotten up extra early to have time to snow-blow the whole lane so she could get out. Her work ethic reminds me so much of her father.

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  22. So, because twenty four’s car will not start, I will also have her one year old for the night. Yes, the one that is used to cosleeping with mommy. And the other one year old in the guest room. And the other one year old should arrive late tonight, the hand off has been made. I am not expecting a lot of sleep tonight.

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  23. Re Covid-19 immunity from previous infection. It has been my experience that it makes healthcare providers reckless, in thinking that they won’t get it again.

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  24. I booked my last flight yesterday, which I should have booked first. So today I got confirmation that they would fly me from Port Moresby up to Ukarumpa. But… the flights were full so I have to come up the next day and stay in a hotel in the capital for one night. That sorta fills me with dread. I asked if they had room for me without my luggage.

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